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Quetico Provincial Park, Atikokan

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#82 of 244 in Wildlife in Ontario
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Quetico Provincial Park is a large wilderness park in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, renowned for its excellent canoeing and fishing. This 4,760sqkm park shares its southern border with Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which is part of the larger Superior National Forest. These large wilderness parks are often collectively referred to as the Boundary Waters or the Quetico-Superior Country.GeographyThe park includes over 2000 unofficial, unimproved wilderness campsites spread throughout more than 600 lakes. Canoeists require permit reservations and in-season may only enter the Quetico via six Ranger Stations which serve 21 specific entry points. It is possible to drive to three of these Ranger Stations: Dawson Trail, Atikokan, Lac La Croix. One must portage and paddle to Beaverhouse, and paddle or take a tow from an outfitter to Cache Bay or Prairie Portage. Drive-in camping is available only at the Dawson Trail campground; log cabins are also available to rent.Most of the southern half of the Park is a region known historically as "Hunter Island" (not a real island).HistoryIn 1909, an "Order in Council" by the Government of Ontario established the Quetico Forest Reserve. Early the same year, the United States federal government established the adjacent Superior National Forest and Superior Game Refuge, which eventually would become the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Quetico Provincial Park was created in 1913 through passage of the Provincial Parks Act, although road access wasn't built until 1954.
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  • Quetico is a great place to go off the grid and enjoy the outdoors. Use an outfitter (we use Powell Lake Resort) to help you enter the park and set up a base camp or visit a series of lakes. I like th...  more »
  • Quiteco park is where I practically lived from age six to eleven, when my parents moved to look for work. That was back in the years of 1959 to 1964 and we camped in site 59 from the end of June to be...  more »
  • I have been twice with boy scouts and am planning to go again as a couple. I would suggest not taking younger than 16 year old because of the rugged portage trails and windy lakes. It is a challenge f...  more »
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  • Great park staff. Amazing park with tons of wild life and good park facilities. Kayak and paddleboard rentals available.
  • Love this place.
  • Amazing place. Be well prepared and you will experience something few already know. This is the real deal, you will have to rely on yourself and your group. The reward is well worth it.
  • Quetico is the center of the paddling universe. It is a wilderness park where the portages and campsites are unmarked and besides a basic park permit you are free to camp where you please. Gone is the stress of a schedule because you don't have to be on a given lake on a specific day. Go at your own pace and leave nothing behind but footprints. Come to Quetico and "Paddle the Dream"
  • Even better than the BWCA in my opinion.

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